Imphal: “Health is wealth” and “Discipline is the foundation of a society,” chief minister N. Biren Singh said stressing on the importance of discipline in the functioning of a society.
The chief minister was speaking at the inauguration of an Open Gym at Khongjom War Memorial Complex, Kheba Ching foothill, Khongjom on Saturday.
He inaugurated a similar open gym at Khuman Lampak. The gyms are installed by the Chief Minister’s Indigenous Martial Arts Akademi with support from Planning department, Manipur.
Speaking at a simple inauguration function at Khongjom, the chief minister expressed the need for proper maintenance of the gym compound including the Khongjom War Memorial Complex and ensured all necessary support.
He also expressed strong resentment against drug traffickers and stressed on the need for everyone to start working unitedly for the welfare and development of the state.
Biren said open gyms have been installed at different parts of the State including at Senapati, Cheirao Ching, Thangmeiband in Imphal West and Marjing Polo Complex.
The government is trying hard to bring some positive change, he said highlighting mission oriented schemes and programmes initiated by the government including Go To Hills, Go to Village, Chief Minister gi Sotharabasingi Tengbang, School Fagathansi Mission, War on Drugs, etc.
“Today, we are receiving support and cooperation from the public,” the chief minister said.
He explained the need to facilitate and show the way to those desiring to overcome drug addiction and said for this the state is setting up Drug Rehabilitation Centres and encouraging sports activities in the state.
“We are setting up more open gyms at various districts including at Churachandpur,” he said and added that the gyms can be expanded if needed.
During the inaugural of the gyms, trainers demonstrated the use of the equipments. Wangjing Tentha MLA Paonam Brojen Singh also attended the inauguration at Khongjom, while, minister L. Susindro Meetei and Youth Affairs and Sports director T. Phulen Meitei attended the inauguration at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.